Jun 27, 2016
Show 1539 Victor Davis Hanson -- War and History, Ancient and Modern. Author interview.
Show Victor Davis Hanson -- War and History, Ancient and Modern. Hoover Institution talks to author. To see the video of this audio presentation visit: http://www.hoover.org/multimedia/uk/87679212.html
Beginning with the assertion that “war is inseparable from the human condition,” Victor Hanson proceeds to explain the ways in which the American way of war is distinctive. For one, “Americans are united…by shared ideas and commitments, such as the ideals of equal opportunity and individual merit….Our military functions…as a reflection of our national meritocracy.”
He further reflects that Americans today, unlike previous generations, fail to understand the tragic nature of war because they have never come to understand the tragic nature of life itself, and that we are endangered by our lack of attention to the study of military history. “If we walked right over to the campus bookstore or looked in the university’s catalog of classes, we would see gender studies … leisure studies, race studies, environmental studies. Military history? Not there.”
• Victor Davis Hanson
Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a classicist and an expert on the history of war. A regular contributor to National Review Online and many other national and international publications, he has written or edited sixteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power. His most recent book is A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Bush in 2007.